Minor League Player of the Day – Tim Federowicz (AAA) - 3 for 3, 3 2B's, 1 BB, 1 Run, 2 RBI's. I'll have more on FedEx and the rest of the minor league catchers a little later today, but for now I'll just say it was nice to see Tim with a trio of extra base hits on Wednesday as he'd been slumping slightly over the past week.
AAA – Four errors by the Isotopes cost them dearly in this game as they came up just short against the 51's (Blue Jays) in a 7 - 6 loss. Cole St. Clair made just the second start of his professional career and gave up all 7 runs over 5.2 frames, but only 2 of those runs were earned due to the aforementioned miscues. 3rd baseman Alex Castellanos made one of the mistakes, while 1st baseman Scott Van Slyke had two fielding blunders. Ramon Troncoso, Erick Threets, and Josh Wall shut down Las Vegas over the final 3.1 innings, but it didn't matter in the defeat. At the plate Tim Federowicz had a big game as he went a perfect 3 for 3 with a trio of doubles and two RBI's. Castellanos also had a two-bagger and crushed his 15th homer of the year, while Matt Angle took one deep as well and stole a base.
AA – Zach Lee had another sub-par performance and the Lookouts offense was held to just 1 hit as Chattanooga got embarrassed by the Stars (Brewers) 5 to 1. Lee allowed 8 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) over 4.2 frames, throwing 95 pitches in the process. He walked 1 and struck out 4, while his groundout to flyout ratio was 4 to 5. Eric Eadington threw 1.1 scoreless innings in his AA debut, while Geison Aguasviva gave up the final run of the game. As mention the lookouts batters were one-hit in the game, with Griff Erickson's single as the only base knock.
HiA – Inland Empire (Angles) scored in 7 of the 9 innings on Wednesday including a pair of 5-run frames which lead to a 15 - 8 win over the Quakes. Starter Garrett Gould allowed just 5 hits and 1 walk over his 5 innings of work, but two of the hits left the yard and he ended up 4 earned runs. Relievers Steve Smith and Freddie Cabrera really got pounded in the later frames, however, as they gave up 6 and 5 runs respectively while throwing an inning each. A pair of rehabbing infielders played in this game for Rancho as Adam Kennedy went 0 for 2 and Justin Sellers went 0 for 3. 20 year old Joc Pederson showed up the big leaguers with his 11th homer of the season, while Pedro Baez's double and Casio Grider's triple drove in a pair of runs each
LoA – The Loons finally got back into the win column on Wednesday as they defeated Bowling Green (Rays) 9 to 2. James Baldwin hit his 4th homer of the year and recorded 3 RBI's, but he also struck out twice and continues to see his batting average hover around the Mendoza line. Jeff Hunt drove in a pair with a two-bagger while Pratt Maynard and Darnell Sweeney both singled and doubled. Starter Arismendy Ozoria recorded his 7th win of the year by allowed 5 hits and 2 runs over 6.1 innings, striking out 3. Jose Dominguez collected the save with 2.2 innings of 1-hit ball.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors used a 4-run 5th inning on Wednesday to down Idaho Falls (Royals) 5 to 4. Right Fielder Jeremy Rathjen continued his hot hitting by going 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI's, while Eric Smith and Malcolm Holland also doubled. Tae-Hyeok Nam had the team's other multi-hit game as he drove in a run with two singles. Starter Carlos Frias did his job on the mound as he allowed 7 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) over 6 frames, then Gregg Downing picked up the 3 inning save.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers went down quietly in Yasiel Puig's professional debut as they lost to the Giants 5 to 1. The team as a whole managed just 3 singles, with none of them coming from Puig who went 0 for 4 as the team's DH with 1 strikeout. Starter Victor Arajuo gave up the first 4 runs for the Dodgers on 6 hits, although he did average a strikeout per inning over 5 frames. Jackson Mateo had the Dodgers best pitching night as he allowed just 1 hit over two shutout innings.
DSL – Game suspended due to rain
Coming up – John Ely will get another chance to impress as he takes the mound for the Isotopes, while Angel Sanchez will try to find his groove for the Quakes. The Lookouts starter is TBD, while Jake Hermsen and Raydel Sanchez will throw for the Raptors and Loons, respectively.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Michael Thomas, who had a 1.24 ERA over 51 innings for the Loons, was promoted to Rancho. LoA: Scott Griggs was promoted to the Loons from Ogden, while Jeff Hunt was activated from the DL. Also, Joe Winker was placed on the DL. Rookie Ogden: Luis Meza was assigned to the Raptors after throwing 6 innings for the Arizona Dodgers.